Young Innovators

The CNT Young Innovators are a community of young professionals working to actively engage with new ideas about urban sustainability and resilience.

The CNT Young Innovators board hosts a variety of educational, outdoor, and social activities throughout the year. To stay updated on Young Innovators events, subscribe to their mailing list to the right, and join the Young Innovators group on LinkedIn.


In 2018, 40 Years of Progress highlighted CNT's many accomplishments throughout its 40-year history and its continued commitment to tackle emerging issues and advance urban sustainability.

In 2017, we explored how technology can be used as a resource to improve urban sustainability in new ways in conjunction with CNT's Urban Sustainability Tech Challenge. Our program asked questions such as: How can the urban shared economy be applied beyond its current models to in-demand resources such as parking spots? ​What affordable technologies can communities and individuals utilize to mitigate flooding risks and severe weather damage? 

In 2016, we examined the Rockefeller Foundation’s City Resilience Framework, and featured topics ranging from the role of the Illinois Medical District in creating and maintaining a resilient Chicago, to closed-loop urban farming at The Plant.

We also have happy hours, our annual summer fundraiser, and holiday mixer.


Past Events

5th Annual Sustainable Summer Fundaiser
Saturday, August 10 from 12:00-3:00pm
Homestead on the Roof
Details | View Event Photos


Young Innovators Board

The current board members are:

Celine Cua, Co-Chair
Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Jerry Mandujano, Co-Chair
Neighborhood Services Director, Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Sydney VanKuren, Secretary
Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator, Farr Associates

Emilie Baliozian, Treasurer
Sustainability Analyst, Agritecture Consulting

Caitlin Donato
Program Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Jeffrey Levine
Communications and Branding Specialist, Boeing

Patrick Miner
MScR Researcher, The University of Edinburgh

Brooke Poppe
Project Engineer, Conservation Design Forum

Ranjita Tiwari
Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Jesse Vega-Perkins
Environmental Consultant, Ramboll

Deniz Whittier
Program Specialist, CLEAResult

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